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The Exquisite Corpse of Asian AmericaBiopolitics, Biosociality, and Posthuman Ecologies$
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Rachel C. Lee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479817719

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479817719.001.0001

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Allotropic Conclusions

Allotropic Conclusions

Propositions on Race and the Exquisite Corpse

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The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America

Rachel C. Lee

NYU Press

This chapter offers propositions that grow out of the way in which familiar theories of race take on new forms when cross-pollinated with ascendant biopolitical regimes. These familiar theories are (1) the labor theory of race, (2) the necropolitical theory of race, (3) the psychic life of racial projection, (4) racial minoritization as it relates to zoe/“bare life,” (5) racial critique forwarded through aesthetic forms, and (6) the worry and hope over racial distinction overridden by commonality of species. The propositions are hypotheses and invitations for further dialogue and discussion rather than established theories as of yet. The chapter concludes with a brief foray into the styling of this project on the surrealist figure of the exquisite corpse.

Keywords:   theories of race, biopolitical regimes, labor theory of race, necropolitical theory of race, psychic life of racial projection, exquisite corpse

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